Grain-Free Italian Amaretto Cheesecake

Published on Feb 10, 2022

  by   Kristina Stosek

3 reviews

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 60+ minutes Serves: 12
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Creamy mousse-like Grain-Free Amaretto Cheesecake not to be missed! This Italian-style cheesecake is super light, made without a crust and is topped with sugared blueberries and sliced roasted almonds.

grain-free and crust-free amaretto cheesecake recipe

For cheesecake lovers, this grain-free dessert doesn’t get any better than this. This crust-free amaretto cheesecake recipe is based on the Italian cheesecake made with ricotta cheese.


grain free cheesecake with heart made of blueberries


I created this fail-proof amaretto cheesecake dessert for that special occasion or holiday entertaining. The best part is anyone can make this cake—even novice cooks. The recipe is that simple.

If that special someone in your life follows a gluten-free or grain-free diet and loves a cheesecake, I promise you,  they will be impressed with this dessert.

Another gluten-free cheesecake you may enjoy is our extra famous Gluten-Free Black Forest Cheesecake.

Italian cheesecake vs American cheesecake

The cheese is the main difference between a typical New York American cheesecake and Italian cheesecake. In Italy, cheesecake is made with ricotta rather than cream cheese, giving the cheesecake a lighter, creamier texture.


italian cheesecake missing a slice

amaretto cheesecake recipe overview

First, allow yourself an extra day to make this dessert. Cheesecake has to set overnight before slicing into it for best results. Besides, it leaves you more time for other things to prepare for the day of. Which is good, right?

This Italian-style amaretto cheesecake has two layers. First, a creamy mousse-like cake layer made with a combination of ricotta and cream cheese flavoured with amaretto. 

The second layer, the topping, is a lightly sweetened sour cream flavoured with amaretto. Both layers are light and deliciously flavoured.

Should you drain ricotta for a cheesecake recipe?


ricotta in a strainer lined with coffee filter


Straining ricotta is an absolute must for cheesecake because it keeps the desserrt from becoming watery. 

Garnish for Italian amaretto cheesecake.


scattered sugared blueberries

To add extra deliciousness, I made sugared blueberries and added a sprinkle of roasted sliced almonds. Almonds and amaretto are similar in taste and pair together beautifully.

What is amareto liquer made from?

Amaretto is an Italian liqueur that tastes like almonds, though it’s made from apricot kernels. The bitter and sweet flavour adds a superb flavour to desserts. And keep in mind not all amaretto is gluten-free, so be sure to check the label.

Are almonds nuts?

It may surprise you! According to McGill, botanically, a nut is a dry fruit consisting of a hard shell covering a single seed. Almond plants are not nuts but are rather classified as “drupes.” Drupes are fruits that are fleshy on the outside and contain a shell covering a seed on the inside, such as the almonds.


slice of italian cheesecake on a plate


This grain-free Italian amaretto cheesecake makes a perfect dessert for Valentine, Mothers Day, Birthday or any other special celebration. 

I love this gluten-free dessert because it will keep up to seven days when refrigerated in a tightly closed container. This means, you can enjoy cheesecake leftovers for a few extra days. Enjoy!

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Kristina xx

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So happy to hear Linda, thank you for sharing.

Linda Davey-Tott

Made this cheesecake for a family birthday. Everyone loved it. Only thing, I had not read the instructions properly, so was 1 day late making it (didnt see that I had to strain the Ricotta cheese, so didn't have enough time to refrigerate the cake after making it). Still, it was excellent and as everyone was so full, I had leftover cake, which I refrigerated overnight....then the texture was perfect. Would definitely make again. Not hard to make, just a lot of steps.

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